Monday, 24 September, 2018


United Airlines flight diverted to Ireland due to 'security concern'

A United Airlines plane had to be diverted after a bomb threat onboard UNITED AIRLINES A United Airlines plane had to be diverted after a bomb threat onboard
Conrad Doyle | 12 June, 2018, 08:42

The crew declared an emergency at around 12.45pm and informed air traffic controllers that they wished to divert to Shannon.

United Flight 971 was diverted to Shannon, Ireland where passengers and their baggage were being screened again, a statement from the airlines said.

A United flight was forced to make an emergency landing over security concerns from a possible bomb threat.

The 207 passengers and 11 crew members disembarked the Boeing 767-330 at Shannon airport at 2.15pm local time, according to Jim Molloy, a representative of the Republic of Ireland's police force.

According to the airline's website, the flight has been cancelled due to "security screening disruptions".

A United spokesperson confirmed the events, releasing the following statement: "United flight UA971 en route to Chicago from Rome, diverted to Shannon following a potential security concern".

The message referred to a bomb on the plane, a source with knowledge of the investigation told Reuters.

In a statement to Business Insider, United Airlines said Flight 971 chose to land in Ireland following a "potential security concern".

The Irish Times also reports that authorities are taking handwriting samples from passengers if an effort to see if there is a match.

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